Brookshaw, George / A new treatise on flower painting, or, Every lady her own drawing master: containing familiar and easy instructions for acquiring a perfect knowledge of drawing flowers with accuracy and taste: Also complete directions for producing the various tints.
On Flower Painting, pp. [unnumbered]-6
4 should already possess works that would be monuments to future generations of the rapid progress of the arts in the present age; and posterity would have seen, that female genius was not behind-hand in improving them. I here cannot help observing how celebrated and exalted a proof of the powers of female genius is displayed in the works of the Marchioness of Buckingham; it is much to be regretted such instances are not more frequent. I doubt whether our exhibitions will shew many works more distinguished by their merit, than some pictures painted by her ladyship, which adorn the apartments at Stow. I shall now proceed to lay down such instructions as will be extremely easy for any lady to follow, and which, by practice alone, may enable her to arrive at proficiency. To such as wish to make the most rapid progress, a master will be useful; but as this work is intended for general use and information, every lady who wishes to amuse herself in painting, will find, in these instructions, every difficulty entirely removed; and I will venture to affirm, that a competent knowledge of the art may be obtained from this New Work, without any further assistance. But before I proceed, it is necessary I should point out an evil to be avoided, which is created under the idea of removing one. Every lady who wishes to learn to paint, furnishes herself with a box of colours; which frequently contains from twenty to forty different cakes.
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